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Review 5015: Owner, My Little Home In Paris (#151604)
studio apartment in 5th arrondissement, Paris
April 26, 2011 - May 1, 2011, 5 Nights
The apartment is located in the 5th between rue Moufftard and rue Monge. The building is on a street that dead ends, so there isn't any traffic. There is a school directly across from the building, but the apartment is located in the back, so you never hear any noise.
There are many shops and restaurants nearby, which is very convenient. A small grocery store was only a two minute walk from the apartment. La Truffiere, one of our favorite restaurants in the city was only a block away. The food and service is impeccable.
I'm not sure if the building itself is historical, but the buildings were not fancy in the area and we were told that it was known as a poor, working class neighborhood in the earlier days. Also, Hemmingway had lived right down the street when he was very poor and there is a plaque indicating the building. There is only one flight of stairs to the hallway leading into the apartment and the only time we heard anyone, was when the young man next door left and returned from work. It is a fun and lively area at night and you didn't need to go far for an evening out.
There was no outside sitting area, although there was a courtyard between the front and back of the building, which I guess you could use, but there were no chairs and the area was not attractive.
This apartment is tiny, which we knew before arriving. We have stayed in some small apartments in Paris, but weren't prepared for just how small it was and having to unfold the couch every night and make it up again in the morning, was bothersome. I guess we could have left it down during the day, but then you really couldn't move around the room or get to the bathroom very easily, plus there wasn't a place to sit comfortably once the bed was out.
The apartment was adorable, with a small flat screen TV on the wall and a small table and two chairs for eating. The second small room included an armoire with space to hang up clothes and shelves for folded items. Unfortunately, we really couldn't get to the closet, as we didn't unpack and our luggage took up all of the floor space. There was also a small desk and chair for the laptop and plenty of guide books.
The owners furnished a laptop computer with free WiFi and a cell phone for our use. All calls on the land line to and from the US were free, which we feel is a real bonus.
Except for the issues mentioned above, the bed was very comfortable and seemed much larger than a normal queen sized bed. We slept very well. The bathroom was large by European standards with a bathtub and great shower head and really good water pressure. We had plenty of hot water. There was a hair dryer and plenty of soaps, shampoos and lotions.
The kitchen was very small and we didn't use it for anything other than storing drinks in the refrigerator. There was a microwave and two gas burners. There was a window in the kitchen, which is a nice touch in such a small space.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment is in great shape with some really lovely pieces of furniture. Truly a Parisian Jewel Box.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Sandy and Philipe, the owners were wonderful. They met us at the apartment when we arrived and explained everything. They had fresh fruit and a bottle of wine waiting for us. There was also water and juice in the refrigerator. Our schedule was very full while in Paris, but they did invite us to meet them for drinks one night. Sadly, we ran out of time. I can't say enough good things about how easy it was working with them, during our stay and during the reservation process. The price is very reasonable, (€80 per night), which is not easy to find in Paris.
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Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
As nice as it was, I don't think we would stay there again. It really was too small for us and the bed situation was not easy. I would recommend it to friends, but would make sure they understood just how small it was and the issue with making and unmaking the bed every day.
Things to do in this area
As mentioned above, the terrific restaurant La Truffiere is not to be missed if you are looking for an elegant meal. It is on the expensive side, but well worth the cost.
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